Thomas Frye (British, 1710–1762)
19 7/8 x 13 7/8 in. (50.5 x 35.2 cm)
Bequest of Harry G. Friedman, 1965 (66.695.7)
In 1760, the pastel portraitist and porcelain manufacturer Thomas Frye published Twelve Mezzotinto Prints, from Designs in the Manner of Piazetta, Drawn from Nature and as Large as Life. Frye's evocative figures, although presumably based on living models, exceed the conventions of portraiture, and appear to have functioned as character studies. The man shown heredressed in the fashionable "Turkish" mannerturns with parted lips as if poised to speak, while raising the elegant fingers of one hand in a rhetorical gesture. His long white eyelashes and smoothly rendered wrinkles and dimples are hallmarks of Frye's refined style.